Nanjing, China Part II–Nanjing Museum

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My classmate, who is a Nanjing native, also highly recommended the Nanjing Museum.

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Me in traditional Chinese shirt.

Stuff from 2,000 years ago.

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Ancient Bianzhong (Chinese Chime, a musical instrument) dug up from 2,000 years ago.

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Another one, stone version.

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Ancient Chinese currency – gold plates.  Because a deal may not need a whole plate, so people tend to cut them into smaller pieces and weigh them accordingly.  The one on the far right side is an original, uncut plate – extremely rare nowadays.

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Mummies wrapped in jade-plated, armor-like suits.

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“Dino” section of the museum.

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Mammoth dug up.

Ancient glazed porcelain monster zun (ancient Chinese container)

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A rare mural portraying seven most renowed artists and authors from Jin Dynasty (about two thousand years ago).

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The leader of the pack, Ji Kang.

Next to him was a cup. If you look at it closely, a duck was floating around in the cup.  indicating that the tea cup was filled.

Ancient Nanjing during Jin Dynasty, where the imperial palace at the far end, all by itself.

Tang-style tri-colored porcelain. The camel at the lower-right was being pulled by the people on the upper left when it was dug up.

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Broze mirrors during Tang Dynasty.

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Jade calligraphy display

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Ancient decors often blend human heads with animal bodies, the original mermaids.

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Stone pillows

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Gold decors to wrap around the dead during a funeral.

Original Ming Imperial Palace, very similar to the modern day Qing Imperial Palace.

Pegoda gate made out of porcelain.

Where the gate was oroginally placed.

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Gold Phenix Coronet.

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Jade decors for the dead’s clothing.

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Imperial seat.

Cloths dug up from a grave, repaired.

Official’s uniform, indicating the person buried was a former official.

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The grave of this official. Zheng He (yep, we share the same last name), who is known as a famous Chinese navigator.  He organized Chinese fleets to travel around the ocean seven times.

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Blue porcelain.

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Across the granite hallway…

We found a special room dedicated for the best item in the museum.

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The only item in the room, with softlight around it, was a Tibetan-style stupa model made out of gold.

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Apparently there are also special items inside the stupa model.

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Other displays, imperial items imported from Europe hundreds of years ago.

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A basin from Qianlong period (400 years ago).

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Story-telling painting scroll.

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Modern Chinese art section.

Water drips

symbolizing a lake.

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Warm water everywhere in China, you can have warm, drinkable tap water here.

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